The program supports the development, production and presentation of dance by Ontario’s professional dance artists. There are four categories:
- Development of new dance work(s): to help cover only the initial artistic costs of creating new dance work, including the development of choreography for dance film/video and work for young audiences. There must be an in-studio or virtual presentation of the work or work-in-progress.
- Production and presentation of dance: to help cover artistic, production and presentation costs, including co-productions, commissions, tour preparation (including rehearsal costs), remounting or acquiring dance work(s) and work for young audiences.
- Dance series/festivals: to help cover the presentation and promotion costs of professional choreographers and dance companies.
- Dance sector development initiatives: to help cover the costs of activities and initiatives that benefit Ontario’s professional dance sector at large. This includes professional development workshop series, dance training initiatives, conferences and other activities with an impact on the dance community. Projects cannot be related to creation, production or presentation activities. Professional development workshop series and dance training initiatives must include registration fees.
The program’s priorities are projects that engage Ontario-based choreographers, and dance series/festivals that do not present the programmer’s work.
April 8 and October 7, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
- Applications are available in Nova approximately two months before the deadline.
- Grant notification will be available approximately four and a half months after each deadline.
- Development of new dance work(s): maximum $5,000
- Production and presentation of dance: maximum $20,000
- Dance series/festivals: maximum $15,000
- Dance sector development initiatives: maximum $5,000
- Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
- The OAC will not fund 100 per cent of a project except in the Development of new dance work(s) category. Applications to the other categories must include a range of revenue sources.
- Grant notification is now available approximately four and a half months after each deadline. Refer to the “Activity timing” section on this page to understand how this may affect the timing of eligible activities.
- professional dance artists who are Ontario residents and have a permanent physical address in Ontario
- ad hoc groups/collectives of dance artists or arts professionals with expertise in dance with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based dance organizations, including dance companies and dance series and dance festivals with a permanent physical address in Ontario
- other not-for-profit organizations or ad hoc groups/collectives such as non-arts organizations or organizations and ad hoc groups/collectives working in another arts discipline supported by OAC
- You must demonstrate that you have engaged the appropriate professional dance expertise to carry out the project, e.g. the expertise of dance professionals directly involved in the project, and/or the expertise of an advisory committee that includes dance professionals.
Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs
for more eligibility information.
- organizations that receive a grant in the Dance Organizations: Operating program
- organizations that receive an operating grant in other OAC programs, with the exception of organizations mandated to serve one or more of the OAC priority groups
- choreographers who direct organizations that receive funding from the Dance Organizations: Operating program or organizations receiving OAC operating funding
- a member of an ad hoc group or collective that applies for the same activity at the same deadline in this program
- undergraduate students or dance students
- dance schools or other training organizations
- for-profit organizations
- colleges, universities and municipalities
- school boards
- elementary or secondary public or private schools
- schools run by First Nations or Indigenous Education Authorities
- organizations with a pending application in the Dance Organizations: Operating program may not apply until they are notified that their operating application was not funded
This program funds
- artists’ fees (choreographers, dancers, outside eye/elder/dramaturge, composers, musicians, theatrical designers and technicians)
- production costs (costumes, scenery and other staging requirements)
- marketing, promotion, audience development activities and administration costs
- venue or studio rental
- archival recording
- child care and other dependant care fees (this does not include regular, ongoing expenses)
- expenses related to making the project accessible to audiences and project participants (other than the applicant) who are Deaf or have a disability
- Note: Applicants to this program who identify as Deaf or as having a disability may apply for supplementary funds for their own accessibility expenses through Accessibility Fund: Project Support.
This program does not fund
- events or activities that take place outside of Ontario
- production of dance films/videos
- projects eligible in the Touring Projects, Multi and Inter-Arts Projects or Media Artists Creation Projects programs
- multi and inter-arts activities
- professional development, apprenticeship or mentorship projects for individuals, or projects related to a graduate degree or thesis
- competition-based dance performances/series except for urban dance forms
- amateur, pre-professional or student productions/recitals
- fundraising activities
- major capital expenditures, including buying, leasing or renovating buildings and purchase of major equipment
The activities for which you are requesting funding:
- cannot start before the deadline
- cannot finish before you receive your grant results
- must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant results
Final report requirements
If you receive a grant you must submit a final report upon completion of the project. See Terms and Conditions — receipt of OAC project grant funds for more information on reporting obligations. Complete and submit the report in Nova.
Final reports for this program require grant recipients to provide:
- description of the project undertaken and its outcomes, including details on any minor or approved changes to what had been outlined in the application
- final budget
- If the budget you submit shows a surplus of more than $250 (revenues as compared to expenses), you may be required to repay the surplus amount to OAC.
- documentation and/or an explanation of how you acknowledged or will acknowledge OAC support for your project
- This should include samples of OAC logo recognition on any promotional or other materials produced in conjunction with the project, such as publications, brochures, posters, invitations, websites, or videos/films. This could also include a description of verbal acknowledgement at public events or the intention to include OAC acknowledgement in associated future activities/materials.
- You are not required to submit support artistic examples from the project undertaken.
Complete and submit an application in Nova
online grant application system. You will be able to do this approximately two months before the deadline.
Before applying, you must:
Your application includes:
- basic information about the project
- your answers to application
- a project budget:
- The OAC will not fund 100 per cent of a project, except in the Development of new dance work(s) category.
- Applications to the other categories must include a range of revenue sources such as other arts grants, box-office sales, registrant fees and so on.
- artistic examples: you must submit 3 video examples (maximum 3 minutes each). Do not include any work produced while you were a student. This video will help: Preparing Effective Support Material for Theatre, Dance and Performance-Based Multi and Inter-Arts
- support documents: applicant’s résumé/bio and bios of any artist who is confirmed at the deadline date. Letters of support/reference or letters of agreement/confirmation are not required. Only applicants to the Dance sector development initiatives may submit a letter of support.
Complete instructions and requirements are in the application in Nova.
For information on how assessors rate applications see the Evaluation
Rubric – Activity Projects.
For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.
Dance school: trains students for a professional career in dance through a multi-year dance instruction curriculum of no less than 10 hours per week. Courses are accessible to Ontarians through a competitive audition/admission process. The school earns revenue in various ways, including student tuition fees. Dance schools are not eligible for funding through the Dance Projects program. For dance schools, please see the Dance Organizations: Operating program or contact the dance program officer.
Multi- and inter-arts activities: practices, initiatives and events that have two or more artistic forms present in equal balance in the creation, production and presentation of work. Artistic forms may remain separate or be combined to create new, unified forms. Multi and inter-arts activities involve bringing art forms together in ways that make the activity unique and therefore not eligible for funding in OACs discipline-based programs in Theatre, Dance, Music, Visual Arts or Media Arts. For multi- and inter-arts activities, please see the Multi- and Inter-Arts Projects program.
Student: An individual enrolled in a full-time (two or more courses) undergraduate program at a college or university, or studying dance at a private studio, dance school or training organization.